In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival

India | | July 26, 2011, 5:34 pm
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Bonam means Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess. The offerings are carried to the Goddess in earthen pots by the women.

Bonam means Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess. The offerings are carried to the Goddess in earthen pots by the women.

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During the festival the Goddess is appeased with offerings of food and is thanked for protecting the people from evil and diseases.

During the festival the Goddess is appeased with offerings of food and is thanked for protecting the people from evil and diseases.

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Women bring cooked rice with milk, sugar etc in a brass or earthen pot, adorned with small neem branches and turmeric, vermilion or white chalk.

Women bring cooked rice with milk, sugar etc in a brass or earthen pot, adorned with small neem branches and turmeric, vermilion or white chalk.

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Women carry decorated pots filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess Mahakali during the 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)

Women carry decorated pots filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess Mahakali during the 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)

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The pots contain cooked rice, jaggery other food items and are offerings to Goddess Mahakali.

The pots contain cooked rice, jaggery other food items and are offerings to Goddess Mahakali.

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Political unrest aside, the state united to celebrate the Hindu festival Bonalu, celebrated to thank the Goddess Kali.

Political unrest aside, the state united to celebrate the Hindu festival Bonalu, celebrated to thank the Goddess Kali.

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A man performs with fire during a procession of 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad. (AP)

A man performs with fire during a procession of 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad. (AP)

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A young Indian artist performs with fire during a procession of 'Bonalu'.

A young Indian artist performs with fire during a procession of 'Bonalu'.

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Artists rest in front of closed shops as it rains during a procession of 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)

Artists rest in front of closed shops as it rains during a procession of 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)

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An artist dances balancing a pot on his head during the 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad, Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP)

An artist dances balancing a pot on his head during the 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad, Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP)

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An artist Shiva dressed as Lord Shiva eats ice cream while sitting in front of a closed shop as he takes a break during the 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP)

An artist Shiva dressed as Lord Shiva eats ice cream while sitting in front of a closed shop as he takes a break during the 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP)

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A woman dances in trance as she carries a decorated pot filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess Mahakali, seen through the tines of a trident, during the 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)

A woman dances in trance as she carries a decorated pot filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess Mahakali, seen through the tines of a trident, during the 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)

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The festival happens during the monsoons in South India. It is a month long affair for the prayers of the Goddess Kali.

The festival happens during the monsoons in South India. It is a month long affair for the prayers of the Goddess Kali.